Journalist Daniel Storey has delivered his opinion about the future of Wolves manager Nuno Santo.
Storey compared his situation to Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, saying that Nuno’s reputation could now be getting damaged as a result of his stay at Wolves. And like the Austrian, he has a battle on his hands to build things again.
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Santo has been at Wolves since the summer of 2017, but his contract at the club runs out in the summer of 2023. As things stand, his side are 12th in the table and only seven points clear of 17th-placed Brighton.
Storey talked about Nuno’s situation and said: “I just wonder if, like Ralph Hasenhuttl at Southampton, he’s just wondering whether his reputation is being done more damage than good now. Having done the good stuff, maybe there’s a [doubt].
“I always think with managers that the key to the best managerial careers is to make the moves at exactly the right time. And I just wonder if maybe both of those have just stayed a little bit too long now that they’ve suddenly got a battle on their hands to kind of take things up again.”
TIF Thoughts on Nuno Santo’s future…
Nuno has been previously linked with a move to Arsenal and more recent reports have also linked him with a move to Tottenham. This shows that his stock has certainty risen since he arrived at Wolves.
While Wolves finished seventh in each of their last two Premier League campaigns under him, they have fallen off in the current campaign. Having said that, they’ve faced quite a lot of injuries in the season and they have lost key players as a result.
Also, the club made multiple transfers in the summer, so perhaps this season was expected to be a transitional campaign anyway. So if Nuno survives this season, the new signings could settle in and the injured players could return. From then on, things could improve for Wolves.